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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
Named for the ridiculous 4 foot dirt pile we had to put our brewery on to get us out of the FEMA-designated 100 year floodplain (no-one can remember this part of Spearfish ever flooding). This robust porter is black in color, is medium-bodied and has a rich, roasted malt flavor ending with a pleasing hop flavor and mild hop bitterness.
Abv 6.0% to 6.9%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - OCT 6, 2014
Nice, solid porter. Non-sweet. Pretty good roastiness. Pretty good mouthfeel. There are better, but this one is good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Goodgrief (1973) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Thanks to eaglefan538 for the can and the SD beer. Pour was moderately dark brown, with very thin head. Flavor was roasted malt, caramel and some toffee. Some off metallic flavors. Thin mouthfeel. There was nothing really offputting, but it wasn’t great either.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
eaglefan538 (3017) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Pour from a can was brown with a weak head and lacing. Aroma of cocoa and caramel. Flavor of cocoa, caramel, strong molasses, roasted toffee. Mouthfeel was mild in body and carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (13928) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 7, 2014
Can , shared by Cunningham. Dark brown colour with abeige head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, caramel. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, cocoa. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bulk_Carrier (3474) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Reviewed from notes. Received in trade. The appearance had a dark brown to almost black color, one and a half finger white foamy head that dies within less than a minute; some lacing, but not too much. The smell had a roasty sort of coffee to chocolate coming through in a combined sort of way. The taste was a nice bitter roasty coffee taste with a decent chocolate-ness coming through. There is a slight bitter roasty coffee aftertaste with a quick dry coffee-ish finish. On the palate, it sat at/about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable aspect to it. Carbonation is good for the style and for me as there’s enough bitterness invading the mouth and tongue but not too much to lead one astray from the style. Overall, I say this is a good American Porter well worthy of having again and also has a decent sessionability to have with its respected food.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mnmike (1075) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Can into a english pint glass. Thin palate, quick dissipation of head. Bad aftertaste - not the greatest "highest rated beer from a state." Come on South Dakota - you can do better!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DandyWolfFloyd (1007) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2014
c/o mnmike. Thanks again! Very grateful. Aroma - for a porter it’s a bit scant on aroma. What does exists is made up of a chocolate, light coffee, and nutty nature. It’s kind of small though. Appearance - body is black/brown; liquid is opaque; the head sets up about 1/4" and quickly rings out. Taste - the taste is immediately somewhat pungent, slightly roasty, there is a bit of chocolate malt to boot. Palate - body is medium to light; texture is between thin and thick; the carbonation is average, but approaching a lively nature; the finish is slightly bitter on the sides and middle of the tongue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
visionthing (4600) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2014
35,5cl can (6%) shared by Cunningham - thanks! Pours deep mahogany with a small off-white head. Malty and caramelly aroma with chocolate and hints of dark fruits. Sweet and malty with a slightly bitter finish. Medium body, decent enough but nothing special. (2014-02-14 - at Cunningham’s place before RBNG-14)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (10838) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2014
355ml, 6 % abv, can shared. Shiny rustic brown coloured body. Beige layer at the surface. Mild roasted dark malts on the nose. Blended malty flavours of chocolate, caramel and liquorice offset by a moderate roasted bitter end. Medium bodied. Fair enough for a porter (at Cunninghams, Halden 14.02.2014)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cunningham (6671) - Halden, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2014
Appearance: Transparent dark color with some a smal tan head.
Aroma: Mild chocolate, some roasted malt and a bit fruity.
Palate: Medium + body. A bit sweet with a mild bitterness. Average to soft carbonation.
Taste: Sweet dark malty, mild coffee, some roasted malt and a bit fruity.
Overall impression: Decent, but not one I will try to find more off.
Personal stats: Can from a trade with RobertDale.

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